Education
2:27 pm
Fri September 27, 2013

Elizabethtown Schools Improve to 'Distinguished' Status

A central Kentucky school system is celebrating the newly released scores on state assessments.  The Elizabethtown Independent School District climbed from Proficient in 2012 to Distinguished this year. 

Superintendent Jon Ballard says one of the specific bright spots in all the data is Morningside Elementary, a school that went from the Needs Improvement category to Distinguished in one year.

“One of the elements in the new assessment is a gap score, which targets those students considered more at risk, and in that particular area, Morning Side Elementary’s scores went up by 18 points, which is very significant,” Ballard adds.

Ballard credits the success with focusing more on students individually. He also says teachers are becoming more comfortable with the new standards in the two-year-old Unbridled Learning testing system.

“Our motto says that we’re high standards, each student, every day, and I truly believe that our teachers and our staff live that every day,” says Ballard.  “They do what it takes to make sure each student reaches their full potential.”

“One of the elements in the new assessment is a gap score, which targets those students considered more at risk, and in that particular area, Morning Side Elementary’s scores went up by 18 points, which is very significant,” Ballard added.